Why is there a Google Books? Part 1: Machine Translations and Customer X

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It’s worth taking a longer look at exactly what Google Books is and who it may be meant to serve. A good way to accomplish this is with books in translation. In some cases, the delicate, rare and impossible to replace out of copyright books. A book on Peter F.

How Google Took Over the Justice Department Antitrust Division: Renata Hesse’s Timeline

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As MTP readers will recall, a Silicon Valley lawyer named Renata B. Hesse came up with this all on her own, so I asked myself how did this person end up being in the position she is currently in with the authority to do so much damage to so many people who don’t deserve it.

Canard du jour: Do residuals make you lazy? If the age of privacy is over, is the age of royalties over, too?

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One of the common misapprehensions one hears from the “music/facts/books/news/movies/games are like water” crowd is that creators don’t deserve the royalties and residuals for which their unions and they fought for so long. As a senior copyright official once said to me during the Google Books debacle, we made it through a couple hundred years without a Constitutional challenge to the U.S. No mention of anyone else being able to exploit that author’s work.

What’s Next for Rapgenius, the “Internet Talmud”? Annotaking the World’s “Information” Whether the World Likes it or Not

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No, that reference comes from Mark Andreessen, the Silicon Valley billionaire golden boy whose major contributions to tech make him something of a god in the Valley. A quick tip for entrepreneurs: These rich Valley guys are often in need of a reality check and once they get bored with their toy, they will very often leave you twisting in the wind. Not that it will screw the authors or anything.).

Google Fouls Up Again: Google Book Search is a Disaster for Scholars AND Copyright Owners

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Google's Book Search: A Disaster for Scholars. We've become accustomed to librarians and academics uncritically fawning over the disaster that is Google Books (especially those privileged librarians among the sovereign ly immune), yet give this one by Professor Geoffrey Nunberg a read: "Start with publication dates. A book on Peter F. The applications running the Google Books registry will need to make a distinction between works in copyright and works out of copyright.

Hey Rosebud! Yet More Lobbying By the Beautiful People: We’re Rich, Therefore We Win

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Although the San Joaquin Valley is barely an hour from The Valley, it may as well be on the dark side of the Moon. (If Kind of like if the Book of Revelations was set in a head shop.

World Watch:  Canadian Government Closes Big Tech’s Back Door Loophole

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Hardwick, Authors’ Earnings from Copyright and Non-Copyright Sources: A survey of 25,000 British and German writers (2007)” (footnote 8 for those reading along). Berkeley academic, and Glushko is her technocrat husband Robert Glushko, the Silicon Valley tycoon and also a U.C.

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Update: Joshua Johnson’s KQED Forum on Rogue Sites

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I realize that the Silicon Valley 1% of the 1% is proudly non-union, but surely Johnson knows that “collective bargaining” is not a bunch of VCs setting a valuation. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) authored the Ryan Haight Bill which became the Internet Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act–that would be Senator Diane Feinstein of the Senate Judiciary Committee that unanimously passed both COICA and the Protect IP Act.

Nipper, the EFF and the Badges: Triangulating their master’s voice

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Or, if it did, it was not enough to build a case and the authorities returned the site nearly 13 months later without explanation or apology. Unless you refer to meeting at Caribou Coffee for an off the books meeting in your off the books emails that you get caught with on the books.

Mr. Obama, Meet Mr. Kafka

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Some of President Obama’s biggest contributors and most loyal supporters are from the music business, so unless there is some wild disparity in campaign contributions or other consideration coming from Silicon Valley in general or Google in particular, it’s clearly not political.

Voluntary Disclosure of Metadata By Music Publishers Preserves Property Rights

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By voluntarily disclosing limited confidential information about its catalog, a rights holder could establish a legal basis to preempt non-display uses of the rights holder’s valuable property rights in that data not authorized by the rights holder. So in my view, the books in the Google Books case were just the bright and shiny object.

US News & World Report: "Google May Not Be Evil, But It Sure As Hell Isn't Interested in Free Speech"

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There's a great piece on the US News & World Report blog by the well-respected author and journalist John Aloysius Farrell that must make Google count the days until it's driven all newspapers out of business. This is an inconvenient fact that the dreamy 'information on the Web shall be forever free' folks, and the evil Silicon Valley suits who exploit them, like to forget.The artists who make the videos that lure the viewers deserve a chunk of that money."

Worshipping the Great God Scale: Google’s Four Great Lies as read to you by Kent Walker

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Such as trying to destroy the ability of authors to sue as a class in the Google Books case (courtesy of Google’s go to lawyer for artist destruction, Daralyn Durie, who now represents Goldieblox against the Beastie Boys and whose firm may be representing Silicon Valley darling Rap Genius).

Google-Backed Creative Commons Wants Taxpayers To Subsidize Their Hustle

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We also have a post from 2006 that warned of special issues arising from co-ownership of copyrights if one author decides to use a Creative Commons deed. Lessig tells us about the “hybrid economy” in his book “Remix”. Carrie Nation, Photo by Philipp Kester (1873-1958).

Privacy Rights, Property Rights and Google

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Musicians, comedians, writers… We book them a year ahead. A wealth of other works await digitizing – books, maps, visual arts, and so on.

Mr. Lowery’s Speaking Tour: Interview with @davidclowery after Columbia Law School, George Mason University and CMJ Keynote

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I mean it’s fairly ridiculous that authors have to justify economically why they should have a right to control their own work?

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GoldieBlox Dismisses Case Against Universal, Warms to Task of Destroying Artists

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So the fact that Universal is being voluntarily dismissed from any copyright case by this cluster of folks is kind of hard to understand–until you realize that the Durie Tangri gets 100% of the credit for defending their client Google in Google Books that resulted in what passes for “success 2.0″–the